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Imagine tip-toeing tentatively into the ancient capital of Petra. Sandstone cliffs and crags surround the city on all sides.
The size of the cliffs is bound to overwhelm. Here’s a photo to give you an idea of what we’re talking about –
On entering, a long walk takes one through a jagged gorge, The Siq. Suddenly the narrow dusty passage-way gives way to a larger opening and one can see the facade of Petra’s most famous building, one that even made it to Indiana Jones -the Treasury. It is a jaw-dropping moment, if ever there was one!
For once, a building lives up to the hype. The stark lines of the columns of the Treasury against the jagged peaks makes for a stunning visual, one that will remain with you for a long time.
Petra was once the capital of the The Nabateans, a tribe of Arabian nomads. In the first century AD, Petra was home to over 30,000 people. A massive earthquake destroyed the city and all that’s left today are compelling ruins of the buildings that once stood proud.
As one explores the tombs, dens, cave-houses, and canyons, the one thing that stands out is the colour of the rocks – they are pink, red, and mustard all at once.
- Where to go – Fly into Amman Airport, Petra is about 250 kms away
- Where to stay – Stay in Wadi Musa, a small town close to Petra. You can opt for hostels, mid-range hotels, or bedouin camps.
- Planning your trip – The Petra Archaeological Park is huge, so allow at least 2 days to explore it.
- Expenses – There are a number of options starting at £44 for a day ticket and £48 for a 2 day ticket (as of September 2013)
- What to carry – Carry snacks and water as there is only 1 kiosk in the area.
- When to go – Avoid visited the site during summer (June – August) as it can get very hot.
- What to do – There are a number of hiking opportunities in the area.
- Make sure you spend some time exploring one of the world’s most dramatic stretches of desert in Wadi Rum
Petra’s grandeur is comparable only to the Wonders of the World such as the Pyramids of Egypt. Grandiose doesn’t even begin to describe it. Click on the photos below to discover, albeit virtually, the majestic ruins of Petra –
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